5. Library

Building Basics

  • What Does “Cradle-to-Cradle” Mean? - A short article explaining what the phrase "Cradle-to-Cradle" entails and how to get C2C-certified.
  • A Green Lease Overview - As companies are increasingly looking for ways to support the environment, a Green Lease is an effective starting point. Learn about specific actions Landlords are taking to be more eco-conscious.
  • Is Green Building a Good Investment? - This Business Week article from May 18, 2009 provides an excellent overview of the benefits of greening a building, along with some of the challenges.
  • Overview of Transformers - An overview of building transformers, including a quick recommendation on what to look for and how to utilize lifecycle purchasing methods when evaluating a purchase decision.
  • Lower Your Trash Disposal Costs - This article provides an overview of ideas for how to limit what goes into your garbage, reducing your hauling charges.
  • Energy Star Labeled Buildings - A quick overview of eligible of this government program.
  • Green Roofs - Alternatives to a traditional roof, a green roof provides a more temperature stable environment. This enables lower energy costs as the roof is kept warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) - The quality of the air in buildings is gaining - deservedly - increasing attention. Science has shown the impact that poor air has on health. IAQ effects the health of the building, and of course the health of the occupants.
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  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - LEED is a green building rating system which is used for designing, constructing, operating and certifying buildings that have a low impact on the environment, promote good health of its occupants and are profitable.

Country Info

  • Climate Conference in Copenhagen - The Copenhagen Climate Conference in December 2009 will create a new global climate protocol as the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012. Many Clean Tech companies feel the conference will prove to be ineffective as they feel the real responsibilty rests on the national government level. Others advocate for the conference as a way to further strengthen global progress.
  • Sustainable Businesses in Australia, Pt. 3: The Fairfield City Partnership - Part three of a three-part series examining different sustainable businesses in the U.K. In this chapter, we look at the collaboration between Fairfield City and The Smithfield Wetherill Park Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • Sustainable Businesses in Australia, Pt. 2: the 60L Green Building - Part two of a three-part series examining different sustainable businesses in the U.K. In this chapter, we look at the 60L Green Building in Melbourne.
  • Sustainability in Ireland - This article explores the ways Ireland is making itself even greener. Read about the country's alternative energy and recycling programs and see what tips you can learn from Irish business owners.
  • Sustainable Development, Canada - Canada is just behind Iceland in the environmental performance index ranking. The country is making several changes to reduce its carbon emissions. Find out what is working and what is not in Canada in terms of sustainable development.
  • Green Costa Rica - Costa Rican government has pioneered a national policy for conserving its forests which has worked very well. Here we discuss the program called PSA and how it works.
  • Wind Power in India - Wind power industry in India stands tall with fifth position in the world in terms of total installed capacity. The Indian government has ambitious plans to add more power from wind energy by 2012. In this article we cover the progress India has made in harnessing wind energy and some roadblocks that may hamper its progress in the future.
  • Sustainability in Australia - Australia has set itself bold targets for making renewable energy as a big portion of its total electricity generation. In this article we discuss what the government and industry in Australia are doing to meet its 2020 target.
  • Sustainability in Germany - In Europe, Germany is the most successful country in sustainability initiatives. Even with limited exposure to sun light round, Germany has built a sound base in solar power generation. Find out more about Germany in this article.
  • Sustainability in China - China is undergoing vast developments while its adopting clean technology. In this article we summarize the latest clean technology news on government policies, investment programs and entrepreneurship that are currently taking place in China.